Publications

01.07.2019Mykola Semena: Two Years of Silence

Member of PEN Ukraine, the distinguished journalist of Ukraine, author of books “A Crimean Report” and “Mustafa Dzhemilev: The Man who Defeated Stalinism”, laureate of the Pavlo Sheremet Prize, … read more

21.06.2019Ukrainian investigative journalist Vadim Komarov dies after brutal attack. Killers remain unidentified

Halya Coynash

Vadim Komarov has died of injuries sustained in a savage attack on the morning of 4 May.  He had been in an artificially induced coma ever since.  … read more

29.05.2019Oleg Sentsov: A Free Human

Mariia Semenchenko

Ukrainian film director, scriptwriter, writer. Laureate of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. … read more

01.05.2019Russia has more political prisoners now than it did at the height of the Cold War

Eli Lake

By all outward appearances, Vladimir Putin’s hold on power seems secure.
His party won the 2018 elections with 77 percent of the vote. … read more

05.04.2019When bridge turn out to be walls

Mykola Riabchuk

With all due respect to my western friends, I cannot accept calls to construct “bridges” with Russia right now, unless and until Russian proxies stop killing my fellow citizens. … read more

02.04.2019Roman Sushchenko: Landscapes beyond the Bars

The Ukrainian journalist, correspondent of the national agency “Ukrinform” in France, political prisoner illegally detained in Russia on September 30, 2016 and soon after sentenced to 12 years in a strict regime colony. … read more

28.03.2019Three Poems by Serhiy Zhadan

Written by Serhiy Zhadan
Translated from the Ukrainian by John Hennessy and Ostap Kin
 

[She’s fifteen, sells flowers at the train station]
 
She’s fifteen, … read more

14.03.2019Stanislav Aseev: Behind the Wall

A writer, journalist, blogger and member of PEN Ukraine illegally imprisoned by a pro-Russian militia group “DNR” in May of 2017.
“I won’t even say my name. … read more

10.03.2019Post-Soviet activists find respite in Georgia

David Kitai

Tbilisi Shelter City offers a refuge for human rights workers from Russia, Tajikistan and beyond.
Leonid Agafonov spent four and a half years in a Siberian prison camp, … read more

10.03.2019New persecution in occupied Crimea inevitable after Russia allows imprisonment for “disrespect for the authorities”

Halya Coynash

Russia has taken another dangerous step towards stifling criticism of those in power and inconvenient information. This will have serious consequences for Crimea where freedom of speech has been under mounted attack since Russia’s invasion and annexation. … read more

27.02.2019What is PEN Ukraine? 10 FAQ

1. What does “PEN” mean?
“PEN” is an abbreviation from “poets”, “playwrights”, “essayists” and “novelists”.
2. What is the primary goal of PEN?
International PEN Club was founded in 1921 in London at the initiative of writers John Galsworthy and Catherine Amy Dawson Scott. … read more

22.02.2019The Facts about Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Ukraine that Russia doesn’t want known

Halya Coynash

There have been no acts of anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine over the last two years and relatively little anti-Semitic vandalism.  This lack of news would not be worth reporting if it wasn’t for the constant claims that the opposite is true, … read more